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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Holiday Greetings - Bill Doggett


Blue Christmas

Holiday Greetings
Bill Doggett
12 Songs Of Christmas
Cover: Record Design Studios
King Records KING 600

From the back cover: Starting at the age of nine, he (Doggett) put in long hours of study, practiced until he became so accomplished that he joined the Jimmy Gorman orchestra upon graduation from school. In 1938 he formed his first orchestra. In a short time he sold the entire outfit to Lucky Millinder and devoted his time to arranging and writing music.

In 1943, Bill became pianist and arranger for the famous Ink Spots, and during his tenure with them arranged many of their long to be remembered hit records. In 1947, his entire musical life changed. He joined Louis Jordan's orchestra as pianist. At this time he came to recognize the Hammond organ as a jazz instrument. In six months he made the decision to leave Jordan and devote his time to studying style and technique as lead organist.

Before long, he made his first record, accompanying Ella Fitzgerald on "Smooth Sailing." The record became a big hit, and the word began spreading around about the terrific organ background, resulting in almost immediate popularity for Doggett. After making two more records with Ella, "Rough Riding" and "Air Mail Special," he formed his own combo in 1952 and they played their first date at New York's famed Baby Grand. The rest is musical history.

The  Christmas Song
Jingle Bells
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Silent Night
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
I'll Be Home For Christmas 
What Child Is This
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Joy To The World
Blue Christmas
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

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